Kinsale Golf Club won the Munster Final of the Jimmy Bruen Shield when they beat Nenagh Golf Club by 3½-matches to 1½-matches at County Tipperary Golf Club on Sunday 22th July 2018.
They were led out by Anthony Barry with James Walsh who lost out to Brian Freeman with Matthew O’Gara by 4 and 2, they were followed by Robert Walsh Jnr. with Keith Webb who had a 2-hole win over Morgan Conway with Denis Corrigan next up was Brian O’Neill with Barry Dwyer who beat Ray Hurley with Tom O’Gara by 5 and 4, in the penultimate match Paul Shanahan with Rhys Reynolds won their match on the 18th against Michael Scroope with Noel Gleeson the bottom match of Aidan Cremin with Ruairi Dwyer against Michael Corrigan with Michael Ryan was recorded as a halve when called-in.
They made their way to Thurles Golf Club to participate in the All-Ireland Deciders where they were drawn against Ulster Champions Lisburn Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Final on Friday 5th October and recorded a 3½-matches to 1½-matches result against the men from Co. Down.
This time they were led out by Robert Walsh Jnr. with Keith Webb who had a 5 and 3 win over Chris Budd with Stephen Stewart, they were followed by Kevin Crowley with James Walsh who lost their match against Mark Jamison with Ben Kirkwood by 3 and 2, next un the tee was Brian O’Neill with Barry Dwyer who beat Trevor Murphy with Rodney Scott by 1-hole, in the penultimate match Paul Shanahan with Rhys Reynolds recorded a 3 and 2 win over Stuart McDonald with Richard Leatham and the bottom match of Aidan Cremin with Ruairi Dwyer was halved against Mark Stewart with Brian Houston when called-in.
They met Leinster Champions Hermitage Golf Club the following day in the All-Ireland Final and recorded a 3-matches to 2-matches win over the West Dublin team.
They were led out again by Robert Walsh Jnr. with Keith Webb who recorded a 2 and 1 loss against Sean Pardy with Hugh Chambers, they were followed by Eugene O’Callaghan with John Whyte who had a bad day against Niall Callanan with Shaun Blackburn when losing out by 6 and 4, next up was Brian O’Neill with Barry Dwyer who beat Sean Casey with Garry Beagan by 2-holes, the penultimate match went up the 19th before Paul Shanahan with Rhys Reynolds clinched the point against Richard Gladney with Louis Hemeryck and in the bottom match Aidan Cremin with Ruairi Dwyer had a very comfortable 6 and 5 win over Evan Lester with Fergus O’Herlihy and with it the long awaited green pennant.
Kinsale Golf Club won the Munster Final of the Barton Shield when they beat Castletroy Golf Club by 2-holes at Thurles Golf Club 19th August 2018.
They were led out by Gary Ward with Keith Fitzpatrick who beat Jason Tobin with Stephen Moloney by 3 holes the second match of Cathal Butler with Eric Rumley recorded a 1-hole lose against Andrew McCormack with Eamonn Haugh.
They returned to Thurles to participate in the All-Ireland Deciders and were drawn against Leinster Champions Dundalk Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Finals on Thursday 4th October.
They were led out again by Gary Ward with Keith Fitzpatrick who lost their match against Aaron Grant with Connor Curran in the second match of Cathal Butler with Eric Rumley against Caolan Rafferty with Eoin Murphy recorded a similar score. Dundalk lost the Final the following day against a very young Athenry team.
The Ladies of Kinsale Golf Club won the Munster Final of the AA-Insurance ILGU inter-club Minor Cup in 2007 and made their way to Athlone Golf Club to compete in the National Deciders they met Connaught Champions Galway Bay Golf Club in the All-Ireland quarter-final and lost out by 3-matches to 2-matches.
They were led by Helen O'Callaghan who lost her match by 2 and 1 against Helena Winters, she was followed by Mary O'Hare who had a 3 and 2 win over Bridgie Hanley, next up was Yvonne Bane who lost her match by 3 and 2 against Deirdre Toohey, in the penultimate match Evelyn Lambe had a comfortable 5 and 3 win over Patricia Melville, the bottom match could not have been closer when Mary Maguire lost her match by 1-hole against Eilisa Molloy.
Kinsale Golf Club won the West Cork Senior Shield in 1998, when the team was, R. McCarthy, F. McCarthy, G. Hayes, T. Daly, M. O'Leary, D. Hurley Snr. D. Hurley Jnr., G. Farrissey, B. Nestor, they were managed and selected by T. Crowley and T. O'Brien.
Kinsale Golf Club won the Munster Country Clubs Cup in1984, when the team was H. Madden, T. O'Leary, D. Moore, N. Flynn, B. Walsh, P. McCarthy, T. Tobin, M. Talbot, J. O'Sullivan, D. O'Connell and J. McCarthy.
Kinsale won the West Cork Shield Senior Trophy in 1971, when the team was, T. Blower, D. Moore, P. Tierney, W. P. Walsh, P. Lynch, D. J. Spillane, T. Walsh, J. O'Reilly, J. Nester, T. Tobin, N. Duggan, T. O'Connor and D. O'Leary.
They won the West Cork Junior Shield in 1991, when the team was, M. Creedon, O. Teehan, D. P. Griffin, T. Daly, T. F. Fitzgerald, M. J. O'Sullivan, R. Fitzgerald, D. O'Connell Jnr., B. Thomson, D. Tobin, F. McCarthy, P. Broderick and L. Kehoe, they were selected by T. O'Brien and T. O'Callaghan who also played.
Kinsale won the Juvenile West Cork Shield in 1988, when the team was, R. Walsh, G. Broderick, K. McCarthy and B. McCarthy, they were coached by P. McCarthy.
They won the West Cork Juvenile Shield in 1997, when the team was, Hilary Madden, Kevin Crowley, David Hickey, Daniel Hurley and Val McCann.
The Ladies of Kinsale Golf Club won the ILGU Intermediate League in 1999, when the team was, A. Daly, G. Harte, C. Taylor, E. Power, M. Cotter, M. Crowley, M, Griffin and E. Guiney, they were captained by P. Murphy and selected by B. Hickey.
The Ladies of Kinsale Golf Club, won the West Cork Senior Shield in 1998, when the team was, M. Crowley, M. Griffin, A. Daly, E. Gordon, E. Guiney, I. Comerford-Jones, B. Hickey, P. Murphy and V. McCann.
They won the McEvoy Shield in 1997, the Michael Minihan Shield in 1999, and the Ladies won the West Cork Shield in 1998 and 1999.
Members who played representative golf for Country or Province;
P. O’Sullivan* was selected as an Irish Senior International in 1960. He represented Munster as a Senior Interprovincial from 1961 to 1982 playing 28-times won 14-matches halved five and lost 9-matches accumulating 33-points;
Pat Murray represented Munster as a Senior Interprovincial from 1994 to 2009 playing 69-times won 29-matches halved eight and lost 32-matches accumulating 66-points;
K. McCarthy represented Munster at Youths’ Interprovincial level from 1989 to 1990 playing 3-times won 0-matches and lost 3-matches accumulating 0-points;
History of Kinsale
Instituted 1879 affiliated 1912
The 2nd Battalion Kings Own Borderers, laid out an eight-hole course at Musketry Camp, about four miles from Kinsale, when the regiment was stationed there from April, 1883 to the Autumn of 1884.
The "Sportsman's Holiday Guide" 1897 records "The Kinsale Golf Club links are situated on the glacis of Charles Fort and command extensive views of the Atlantic, Kinsale Harbour and town, the Royal Naval Reserve Battery, etc. The course is one of nine-holes and is about one mile in circuit". There was no clubhouse and the Kinsale Arms Hotel looked after the needs of golfers.
The minute books of the present club only go back to 1932 and the club lists its foundation date as 1912 with a nine-hole course at Ringenane however, there is little doubt that golf was played at Kinsale as far back as 1883. Kinsale is now a twenty-seven-hole course.
What the Club tells us:
First established in 1912, at a location on the Bandon river, Kinsale Golf Club has survived a War of Independence and two world Wars, to remain as popular as ever with locals and visitors alike.
The club was moved to Charles Fort in 1922, with its first Clubhouse built in 1926. Difficulties with landowners saw another move in 1930 – this time permanently to Ringenane, overlooking the the Belgooly river. Dedicated club members even transported the clubhouse to its new location!
The Club has continued in Ringenane for the last 50 years. “Scarcely free of feet” was once how it was described, highlighting the necessity to spread the load to larger pastures.
Ambitions for an 18 hole course prevailed. Unable to acquire adjacent land, a land fund was established in 1983 with a farsighted ambition to purchase new grounds. In 1993 that opportunity presented itself and was seized. 122 acres of fertile agricultural land at Farrangalway was subsequently transformed to a beautiful 18 hole course in the gentle rolling meadows of Farrangalway in the Bandon river valley.
It is situated 5 kilometers from the Historic town of Kinsale and is just over 20 kilometers from Cork City. The course is in a rural setting and has stunning views of the surrounding countryside. It measures 6,935 yards and consists of two nine hole loops finishing at the Clubhouse.
The Club has played host to major tournaments including the All Ireland Finals of the Cups & Shields in its Centenary year 2012. The Club has a full range of practice facilities including , 6 bay driving range.
In 2018 the club won it’s first Munster pennant as they won the Jimmy Bruen Shield . This was then quickly followed by it’s second, as the club secured the Barton Shield. In early October 2019 the first national pennant was won, with the All Ireland Jimmy Bruen Shield.
That year also saw the our International cap, with John Murphy played in the World Championships. John has earlier in the year won the prestigious St Andrews Link Trophy.